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Meet Lindsey Smith

By Lindsey Smith

In Coaching, HD Videos, Level 1 Seminar Staff

December 20, 2012

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Lindsey Smith is a CrossFit Level 1 Seminar Staff member, P.E.-department chair and athletic director at the Columbus School for Girls in Ohio, a wife, mom to a 4-year-old, and a CrossFit Games competitor.

“I honesty just wake up every day and I’m like, ‘OK, here we go: let’s see what we got,’” she says of her busy schedule. “One day, one minute, one hour at a time.”

Smith adds that she wouldn’t have it… Continue Reading

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Meet J.P. Bolwahnn

By J.P. Bolwahnn

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J.P. Bolwahnn is untraditional: in his mid-30s, he’s a business-administration student at the University of San Diego, where he also plays football.

“There’s no other 35-year-old playing running back in college football right now,” he says with a laugh.

Bolwahnn is also a Level 1 Seminar Staff member, a member of Mike Burgener’s team for CrossFit Olympic Lifting Trainer Courses, and a trainer at CrossFit USD.

“He’s an outstanding… Continue Reading

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Meet Christmas Abbott

By Christmas Abbott

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Christmas Abbott is the owner of CrossFit Invoke in North Carolina, a Level 1 Seminar Staff member and a NASCAR pit-crew member in training.

“My family’s always taught me to listen to my heart and listen to my intuition,” says Abbott, who grew up in Lynchburg, Va. “I really have lived a very unusual life.”

During college, she spent a summer in Iraq upon her mother’s suggestion.

“I was never shying away from… Continue Reading

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Meet Carlos Andrade

By Carlos Andrade

In Coaching, HD Videos, Level 1 Seminar Staff

November 30, 2012

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CrossFit is growing quickly in South America, and there are a total of 14 boxes in Ecuador according to the Affiliate Finder Map. Most of the affiliates are Guayaquil, the country’s largest city.

“CrossFit in Latin American, especially in my country, is a huge movement. It’s something like a counter-culture,” explains Carlos Andrade, a Level 1 Seminar Staff member.

Andrade, a nutritionist, owns CrossFit Guayaquil.

“We have boxes with hundreds… Continue Reading

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Meet Katie Hogan

By Katie Hogan

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Katie Hogan has been lifting since she was 13.

“I understand the stigma against girls getting bulky and strong, and I’ve had that feeling myself: ‘I don’t want to get too big,’” says the Level 1 Seminar Staff member. “But I love the feeling of being able to go up and rip a bar off the floor and have guys, girls, whoever look around like, ‘Oh my God, did she seriously just do that—with a side pony?”

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Meet Doug Armstrong

By Doug Armstrong

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For two years, Aussie Doug Armstrong has been a CrossFit Level 1 Seminar Staff member. It’s a gig he describes as being “an absolute privilege” and “beyond an honor.”

Armstrong owns CrossFit Rocks in Brisbane, Australia.

Being a good trainer, he says, requires someone who is not absorbed by his or her own goals or achievements and who is willing to share experiences.

“Really, being a good trainer is about healing people,” Armstrong explains… Continue Reading

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Meet Abi Grove

By Abi Grove

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Abi Grove is member of the CrossFit Level 1 Seminar Staff, and she’s also a powerlifter who trains at Louie Simmons’ Westside Barbell in Columbus, Ohio.

Westside is a rugged, no-nonsense gym where elite powerlifters train to break world records, and Grove was intimidated when she left the comfort of five years at Lynnwood CrossFit/Local’s Gym in Washington state. She says she quickly found a lot of common ground between Westside… Continue Reading

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Meet Erik Preston

By Erik Preston

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Erik Preston grew up in Indian Wells, Calif., a desert town that in 2010 had a population of not quite 5,000 people.

“When I was growing up, it was tumbleweeds and jackrabbits and sand dunes,” he explains.

As a child, Preston’s mother got him involved in a multitude of activities: BMX, acting, speed reading, violin.

“My claim to fame is that I made it through two rounds on The Gong Show and finally got cut by Chuck… Continue Reading

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